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Hi-hat splash, drop clutch and other things

After a long wait, we finally have a new update to the Aerodrums software. On PC, simply run the updater that was installed with Aerodrums. On Mac, go to the Aerodrums software page, enter your product key and download and run the v1.0.14 updater.

Some of the main changes in this update include:

  • Hi-hat drop clutch feature that allows you to set how open the hi-hat is when your foot is not on the hi-hat pedal.
  • The ability to “splash” the hi-hat by tapping your foot half way.
  • Experimental cymbal choking feature where moving a stick into a certain position will cause cymbals to choke.
  • Support for ASIO (on Windows) and the ability to select which sound card to use.

Cymbal settings

A full list of changes is available here.

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We’re NAMM co-oddity of the year!

Thanks to Barry Wood for having dropped by our NAMM booth, it means a lot to us considering how thorough he is in his exploration of the show, and how much stuff is exhibited there. You can browse all this year’s oddities here.

In other news, a minor update to Aerodrums is available for download. It introduces a “Stage mode” that you can toggle from the home screen. While drumming in stage mode, the “Menu” button becomes a “Mute” button that is placed further away from the drums. When you activate and hit it, you can enable or disable drumming. This mode is meant for people who have requested the ability to mute the drums between songs while gigging.

The update also fixes a bug that affected some MIDI users whose MIDI setup is more complex than the basic Windows/Mac OS setup.

Next week, check the Aerodrums blog or the “aerodrumming” Youtube channel for our video about foot technique.

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Aerodrums can now output MIDI

That’s it, as of today you can download a free update that adds MIDI support to Aerodrums. This enables you to trigger any drum sampler, and to record what you drum into a Digital Audio Workstation. If you run Aerodrums and your sampler/DAW on the same computer, you have the advantage of eliminating latency related to external MIDI hardware.

On PC, simply run the updater that was installed with Aerodrums. On Mac, go to the software download page, enter your product code and select the MIDI update.

You can find more information about Aerodrums’ MIDI feature in the manual.

We have tried to stay close to the General MIDI specifications when deciding which MIDI notes to send. However, Aerodrums supports more notes than are planned for in General MIDI, such as additional drums or cymbals, or bow and edge articulations for the hi-hats. The MIDI mapping is described in this table in the manual.

This mapping works well out of the box with some drum samplers, such as Toontrack’s EZDrummer and Superior Drummer (in “E-Drums” controller mode), but other samplers will require manual remapping. We are working on creating Aerodrums specific presets for the most popular samplers: we have successfully tested Steven Slate Drums 4, BFD3, Addictive Drums and Kontakt 5 (with Studio Drummer). With the help of the community, we hope to eventually cover all samplers in use. Please go on the forum and let us know what sampler you use.